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Is Greece's 'modern-day Odyssey' finally over?

The country's prime minister Alexis Tsipras officially announced the end of the economic bailout with a speech in Ithaca

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stands on a hill in Ithaca overlooking the bay that the mythological hero Odysseus returned to after his ten-year voyage home Courtesy of the Greek government

To mark the official end of Greece’s nearly decade-long economic bailout, the country’s Prime Minister drew from ancient inspiration when he gave speech today in Ithaca, the home of the mythological hero Odysseus. The Classical poet Homer epically recounted the Trojan War veteran's ten-year journey back to the Ioanian island, and the giants, sirens and monsters that troubled him along the way. “The bailouts of recession, austerity and social desertification are finally over,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, referring to Greece's own trials during its modern-day Odyssey. “Our country regains its right to shape its own future.” The Classical allusions were also picked up by the national newspaper the Ethnos, which ran the front page headline: “Even after Ithaca we will still be rowing”.